How to Start Recycling at Church

Public use recycling bin.

[Ed. note: This article is part of our weekly series of church activities, called Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays.] The new “Three R’s,” as we well know, are Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. The “R’s” come in that … [Read more...]

Sunday School: Taking it Outside

Open window with curtain.

[Ed. note: This article is part of our weekly series of church activities, called Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays.] In many parts of the U.S., September is summer’s last gasp. (If this is not the case where you live, enjoy that … [Read more...]

Trash Your Cell Phone for Good

Pile of cell phones

[Ed. note: This article is part of our weekly series of church activities, called Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays.] The frequent cell phone upgrades that come with most phone plans keep us up-to-date with cell phone technology … [Read more...]

Extending the Front Porch: Four Steps to Becoming a Bike-Friendly Church

Utility doesn't trump artistry, even in the bike rack! www.pedbikeimages.org / Dan Burden

by Kendra Langdon Juskus [Ed. note: This article is part of our weekly series of church activities, called Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays.] One day this summer, my husband and I traveled to church in a new way: by bike! … [Read more...]

The Flourishing Church: Ecclesia Fights for Life on All Fronts

ecclesia-community-garden

by Lindsey Howald Patton Flourish magazine, Summer 2010   When the harsh 2009 winter came through Texas, it wrecked a small community garden on Houston’s Frances Street. It left row after neat, cinderblock-lined row in a frozen, crippled … [Read more...]

Cultivate Community by Sharing Your Skills (and your truck, and your weed whacker…)

Give, Take, Share.

[Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly church activities, Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays] In his article “The Neighborly Arts: How Skills Contribute to Community,” Mark T. Mitchell challenges our best … [Read more...]

Bagging Plastic (and Paper!) with Your Own Reusable Bags

Pink plastic flamingoes with a plastic bag.

[Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly church activities, Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays] “Paper or plastic?” Those used to be our only choices at the grocery store checkout line. Fortunately, our … [Read more...]

Save Rain by Reviving the Rain Barrel

Multiple rain barrels.

[Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly church activities, Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays] A fetid swamp enclosed by rotting wood and crawling with algae and mosquito larvae. That’s the image the … [Read more...]

Support Healthy Transportation: Host a Bike Repair Day at Church

Boy on a bike with no pedals.

[Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly church activities, Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays] It’s summertime, when the bicycle is the preferred seasonal mode of transportation. But getting on a bike this summer means … [Read more...]

Adopt-a-Highway and Adopt an Important Role in Your Community

Adopt-a-Highway sign against a sunrise

[Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly church activities, Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays] Adoption is a word Christians may be more accustomed to using and hearing than most folks. For instance, we talk a lot about … [Read more...]

Don’t Throw it Out! Give Old Books New Life With a Book Donation Day

Pile of books

Children grow up, parents downsize, moves happen, and before you know it, that comprehensive collection of Berenstein Bears books no longer has a place in your home. But 100-plus books seems like an awful lot of paper (and good reading material) to … [Read more...]

A Church Yard Butterfly Garden Invites Wings into Worship

Peacock butterfly on rosemary

[Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly church activities, Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays] There is a reason why children capture butterflies in nets, why guests release butterflies at weddings, why tourists … [Read more...]

How Your Church Can Help Shelter Animals Find Their Way Home

dog-in-animal-shelter

[Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly church activities, Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays] “If 10 percent of folks who purchase pets from pet stores would adopt instead, there would be no animals in … [Read more...]

Three Steps to a Hosting a Plant Swap at Church!

Let the swapping begin! (cc image courtesy edmittance via flickr)

[Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly church activities, Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays] For the avid gardener, there are few events more eagerly anticipated than a bustling, bounteous plant swap. After all, … [Read more...]